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All The Royal Family Members Who Opened Up About Going to Therapy



All The Royal Family Members Who Opened Up About Going to Therapy

Netflix’s The Crown often depicts ways in which the royal family must repress their true feelings and opinions from the public. But in the season 4 episode “The Hereditary Principle,” Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) seeks therapy as she works through her transition away from senior royal duties, health issues, and the discovery of a dark family secret. She also finds out that Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) have sought treatment for personal problems.

In real-life, the royals’ approach to mental health has evolved over the decades. Princess Diana was the first royal to speak openly about seeking therapy for both bulimia and postpartum depression. That opened the door for her children, Prince Harry and Prince William, to spearhead the mental health initiative Heads Together alongside Kate Middleton. Behind the scenes, several other royals have reportedly gone to therapy. A royal source even told Australian magazine New Idea (via The Express), that Queen Elizabeth wants her brood to participate in “a family counseling session” to ease reported tensions amongst some of its members. Ahead, a look at every royal who has reportedly gone to therapy or opened up about their mental health journey.

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    Princess Diana

    “Well, maybe I was the first person ever to be in this family who ever had a depression or was ever openly tearful. And obviously that was daunting, because if you’ve never seen it before how do you support it?” Diana said during her BBC Panorama interview in 1995. She was open about seeking treatment for post-partum depression, bulimia, and marital problems. “You’d wake up in the morning feeling you didn’t want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself,” the princess said of this time, adding, “I received a great deal of treatment, but I knew in myself that actually what I needed was space and time to adapt to all the different roles that had come my way. I knew I could do it, but I needed people to be patient and give me the space to do it.”


    Prince Charles

    According to royal reporter and biographer Sally Bedell Smith (via The History Channel), Prince Charles attended sessions with Dr. Alan McGlashan for 14 years after seeking help in the early years of his marriage. “Charles’s friend Laurence Van der Post says McGlashan perceived Charles as ‘misunderstood and starved’ of ‘really spontaneous, natural affection,’ and provided the prince with ‘the respect his own natural spirit deserves,’” Bedell Smith reports.


    Prince Harry

    Prince Harry has long been open about attending therapy to cope with the loss of his mother Diana at age 12. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” he revealed in 2017 on Telegraph reporter Bryony Gordon’s podcast Mad World. Harry went on to say that the death of his mother caused “shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years.” He added, “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help?” But at age 28, with the help of his brother William, Harry says he saw a therapist “more than a couple of times.” He continued, “The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually, you’re part of quite a big club. I can’t encourage people enough to just have that conversation because you will be surprised firstly, how much support you get and secondly, how many people literally are longing for you to come out.”


    Meghan Markle

    Since stepping down from senior royal duties in early 2020, Meghan has been candid about her personal struggles in the public eye. In October, she and Harry were interviewed for the podcast Teenager Therapy, where Meghan referred to herself as “the most trolled person in the entire world,” and spoke to the power of journaling for her mental health. The following month, Meghan penned an emotional op-ed for The New York Times revealing she suffered a miscarriage in July. “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?'” she wrote. The Duchess of Sussex also addressed the stigma that surrounds miscarriages. “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote. “Some have bravely shared their stories; they have opened the door, knowing that when one person speaks truth, it gives license for all of us to do the same.”


    Kate Middleton

    William and Kate haven’t opened up about going through therapy directly, but they’ve alluded to mental health challenges while promoting their organization Heads Together. Kate opened up about the “overwhelming experience” of becoming a mother in 2017. “There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance,” she explained. “Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health.” She went on to address the stigma associated with therapy, saying, “If any of us caught a fever during pregnancy, we would seek advice and support from a doctor. Getting help with our mental health is no different. Our children need us to look after ourselves and get the support we need.”


    Prince William

    For the future King of England, he says his time in the Armed Forces impacted his mental health. “When I started feeling issues myself, it was from my air ambulance work,” he revealed at a Heads Together event in 2019. “I was dealing with a lot of trauma on a day in, day out basis, stuff that your body is not programmed to deal with, there’s just no way it is.” William added, “For some reason, we’re all embarrassed by emotions—British people, particularly—we’re very embarrassed by revealing our emotions.”


    Princess Margaret

    As depicted on The Crown‘s fourth season, Margaret reportedly sought treatment after her divorce from Antony Armstrong-Jones in the 1970s. According to The Guardian, the royal “suffered a nervous breakdown” during the breakup and sought treatment for depression with psychiatrist to the stars Mark Collins. However, Princess Margaret never opened up about her private struggles or attending therapy to the public.


    James Middleton

    While not a direct member of the royal family, Kate Middleton’s younger brother James has been candid about his mental health journey. In a Daily Mail op-ed in 2019, he opened up about undergoing a year of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. James later told the Telegraph that every member of his family, including the Duchess of Cambridge, attended therapy with him. “That was so important because that helped them understand me and how my mind was working,” he told the outlet. “And I think the way the therapy helped me was that I didn’t need my family to say, ‘What can we do?’ The only thing they could do was just come to some of the therapy sessions to start to understand.”

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    The 55 Books We’re Most Excited To Read in 2021



    The 55 Books We're Most Excited To Read in 2021

    As vaccine rollouts lent a glimmer of light to the end of the long, dark tunnel we called 2020, I realized just how much hope I’d stored up in the promise of 2021. But I’ve learned—in my many, many hours on the couch during this pandemic—that no matter what celebrations or challenges lie ahead, I’m going to need a story. When lockdown forced me into 24-hour days in my shoebox apartment, I had books like Chelsea Bieker’s Godshot and Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness to lure me away from work and Twitter and general existential despair, into a world with, well…a little more fresh air. Hopefully, 2021 won’t have nearly as much need for escapism and downtime, but when boredom or curiosity or nostalgia or hope strike—even in a so-called “normal” reality—books become just as necessary as they were in quarantine.

    And 2021 promises not to disappoint. If the pandemic has developed your appetite for science fiction, biography, or old-fashioned dystopia, you’ll find just as many delights here as fans of romance, memoir, and literary fiction will. These are the most exciting new releases headed our way. Happy pre-ordering!


    Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

    Release date: Jan. 5

    Mateo Askaripour fuses humor and social criticism in Black Buck, the tale of a once-unambitious young man swept into the sales business at a buzzy new tech start-up. As the only Black man at the company, our young hero reimagines himself as Buck, a smooth-talking and quick-witted salesman capable of doing anything to seal the deal. But when his life and family start to slip away, Buck resets with a new goal: taking down the system from the inside.


    The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

    Release date: Jan. 5

    In a can’t-miss debut, Robert Jones, Jr. fashions a nuanced story of love and legacy. Isaiah and Samuel are lovers enslaved on the same plantation in the Deep South who build a home for each other in the safety of a shed. But their bond is threatened when their master’s hateful words spread mistrust and division in their community.


    The Push by Ashley Audrain

    Release date: Jan. 5

    Blythe Connor has a daughter, but their connection is…off. When she attempts to tell her husband, Fox, he dismisses her concerns as fantasy and falsehood. In turn, Blythe starts to question her sanity, only to discover a deep connection with her next child, a son. So what’s wrong with Violet? This psychological drama is a twisty, shocking examination of the complicated emotions that come with motherhood. 


    White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind by Koa Beck

    Release date: Jan. 5

    This piercing critique of the commodification of feminism—and the communities it inevitably ignores or outright excludes—is an urgent addition to anti-racist education. Koa Beck equips her readers with data, cultural analysis, and razor-sharp arguments to demonstrate why feminism must evolve and how we can start the process today. 


    One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

    Release date: Jan. 5

    Sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite turn a racist phrase on its head, weaving it into a sterling story of a young Black girl killed by police and the way her memory is co-opted.


    Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

    Release date: Jan. 12

    Angie Thomas makes her long-awaited return to The Hate U Give universe in this prequel to her smash YA hit. Set 17 years before the events of her first novel, Concrete Rose follows teenager Maverick Carter as unanticipated fatherhood changes everything he thought he knew about the trajectory of his life. When he decides to stop dealing drugs to focus on his child, he soon finds out going straight isn’t as easy as he thought. 


    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders

    Release date: Jan. 12

    One of the most respected authors of our time is back with a wise, whimsical celebration of the great Russian writers and all they still have to teach us. Pulled from the classes he teaches at Syracuse University, A Swim In A Pond In The Rain is a seven-essay peek into Saunders’s mindas well as Chekhov’s, Tolstoy’s, and more. 


    Dog Flowers: A Memoir by Danielle Geller

    Release date: Jan. 12

    In this shattering memoir that combines image and text to reveal a portrait of home, Danielle Geller pieces together the story of her mother’s life—what led her to alcoholism, how she loved her daughter, and why she left the Navajo reservation she once called her own. 


    The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts

    Release date: Jan. 12

    Sydney-born author Madeleine Watts draws readers into a dizzying account of anxiety in this tale of crises both intimate and global. The narrator, who remains unnamed—a clever choice on Watts’ behalf—works as a 911 operator temporarily plunged into dozens of crises across Sydney that begin to color her home life. As she becomes increasingly self-destructive, readers also follow a separate story of her distant ancestor, who searched Australia for a mythical “inland sea”—and never found it. 


    Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu

    Release date: Jan. 12

    A deeply introspective story of identity and how it affects our psyches, Aftershocks chronicles Nadia Owusu’s perpetual search to understand her own body. The daughter of a Ghanaian United Nations official and an Armenian American mother, both of whom harbored secrets and dreams that intervened in young Owusu’s life, she writes her way through her own depression and uncertainty to a powerful revelation. This is a magnificent, complex assessment of selfhood and why it matters. 


    Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

    Release date: Jan. 12

    A refreshingly messy account of gender and family, Detransition, Baby follows couple Reese and Amy, trans women living simply but happily in New York City—until their relationship shifts when Amy detransitions and becomes Ames. Their relationship ends, Reese begins a series of dissatisfying hookups with married men, and Ames starts a relationship with his boss, Katrina. Then Katrina gets pregnant. Can the three of them cobble together an unorthodox family and raise this child, or are some relationships doomed to fail? 


    Biography of A Body by Lizz Schumer

    Release date: Jan. 19

    Searing and intimate, journalist and Good Housekeeping staff writer Lizz Schumer’s coming-of-age memoir wrestles with religion, femininity, food, and the many ways outside influences color our perception of self. Reading these deeply moving essays and poems feels like parachuting into another person’s consciousness—unsettling and powerful all at once. 


    We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

    Release date: Jan. 26

    The superhero narrative can easily follow a regurgitate-and-repeat formula, which makes it all the more enticing when a truly original take on the genre comes along. Mike Chen’s novel is one such invention, following odd couple Jamie and Zoe, who both suffer from memory loss. Well, that, and they also have superpowers: Jamie’s is reading and erasing memories, and Zoe’s is super-speed and strength. When an ominous threat appears, they must decide whether to put aside their personal interests and team up—or continue to save their abilities for themselves. 


    Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

    Release date: Jan. 26

    One of the most legendary figures in all of literature and journalism, Joan Didion’s new collection deserves attention, in part, because it is from Joan Didion. But there’s reason for additional excitement: These essays are gathered from the very beginning of her long career, which started back in the 1960s. Covering many seemingly disparate topics—WWII, Martha Stewart, the function of the press—this collection promises to reveal a side of Didion that’s both familiar and strikingly fresh. 


    The Hare by Melanie Finn

    Release date: Jan. 26

    As angry and unflinching as it is tender, Melanie Finn’s The Hare is the tale of trapped womanhood—and all the violence and desperation that goes into escaping it. Protagonist Rosie trails her lover, the wealthy con man Bennett, to Vermont, only for his betrayal to leave her vulnerable and alone. Hardened by poverty and freezing winters, she grows into a wise but bitter woman slowly inching toward something like freedom. 


    Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

    Release date: Feb. 2

    In this painfully resonant memoir, cultural critic Rebecca Carroll transports readers to her childhood in rural New Hampshire, where she was the only Black person in her hometown. Adopted into a loving white family, she struggled to reconcile the feelings of separation, difference, and even resentment that characterized her childhood until she left home for a series of turbulent stops in different cities. There, she slowly peeled back the layers of her identity and finds love in her chosen Black family. It makes for an intense but enlightening story of how we understand ourselves and what it takes to understand each other.


    Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen

    Release date: Feb. 2

    A stirring and brilliant collection of stories probing the contradictions and beauties of modern China, Te-Ping Chen’s debut is both love letter and sharp social criticism. Through scenes firmly planted in reality as well as tales of the bizarre and magical, Chen reveals portraits lovingly rendered with insight from her years as a reporter with the Wall Street Journal


    This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

    Release date: Feb. 2

    One of those rare feel-good novels that also crackles with wisdom, This Close to Okay introduces readers to two characters who will come to feel like cherished friends. Tallie is a recently divorced therapist who discovers Emmett on the edge of a bridge. She convinces him to stick around for another day, and the two return to her home to trade stories. Over the course of a single weekend, their many conversations on love, loss, grief, and joy coalesce into a primer on human goodness.


    Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

    Release date: Feb. 2

    If the “Florida Man” memes pulled from years of headlines have taught us anything, it’s that the Sunshine State is its own world, unique from any other American region. In enchanting prose, debut storyteller Dantiel W. Moniz plunges readers head first into the lives of oft-misunderstood Floridians and their personal crises, stitching together a portrait that feels both original and startlingly familiar. 


    The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

    Release date: Feb. 2

    An eagerly awaited follow-up from the author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone, The Four Winds chronicles a community in the Dust Bowl. Forced to decide between her beloved but dying home and an uncertain future in California, protagonist Elsa Martinelli becomes an emblem of the American Dream—and why its promise still hold so much power today. 


    City of A Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks

    Release date: Feb. 2

    Capturing a decades-old battle within a single story is a challenging feat, and readers might argue over whether Rebecca Sacks has accomplished it. But none can deny the ambition of City of a Thousand Gates, which employs a large cast of characters with interwoven stories that represent the many ideologies and truths at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As these characters fight for the future they believe in, a common humanity reveals itself in heart-wrenching ways. 


    The Removed by Brandon Hobson

    Release date: Feb. 2

    A disconnected web of tragedies—loss, loneliness, dementia, and drugs—draw together a disparate Cherokee family in this powerful novel that blurs the lines between spiritual and earthly. Pulling from centuries-old Cherokee folklore to ground this present-day tale, Brandon Hobson has built a grave and unforgettable legend. 


    Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

    Release date: Feb. 2, 2021

    An absolutely brilliant take on the bizarre and despicable ways the internet has warped our perception of reality, Fake Accounts is Lauren Oyler’s tale of a young woman, her internet conspiracy theorist boyfriend, and a confused attempt to make sense of relationships and work in the age of social media and misinformation. Equal parts witty and deceptive, this is a startling critique of what we know to be true but struggle to accept.  


    How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

    Release date: Feb. 2

    Cherie Jones’s novel examines the calamities that occur when need and greed collide. Married couple Lala and Adan live on the beach in Barbados, and Adan has a plan: He’s going to rob one of the Baxter Beach mansions. But when it all goes terribly wrong, everyone must reckon with the realities of the resort town they call home. 


    The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

    Release date: Feb. 2

    South Side native and debut novelist Nancy Johnson takes readers to Chicago to meet Ruth Tuttle, a brilliant Black engineer buoyed by the promises of the newly elected Barack Obama. But her husband wants a baby, and Ruth isn’t so sure she’s ready for one—not after what happened to her first baby, whom she gave birth to as a teenager in Indiana. Determined to face her history head-on, Ruth travels back home, only to realize her Indiana town and its people are in crisis.


    The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

    Release date: Feb. 9

    The start of a delightful new YA series for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir, The Gilded Ones presents an inventive fantasy world where the color of your blood determines your fate. Deka’s runs gold, marking her as impure, but when she’s given a second chance to become a warrior in an army of girls, she heads to the capital to face a rising threat against her empire. Highly anticipated by teens and adults alike, be sure to pre-order this one before it flies off shelves. 


    Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

    Release date: March 2

    At once a sweeping love story and tragic drama, Infinite Country is an immigrant’s tale: Two young parents decide to move from their violence-plagued home in Colombia to the United States in search of safety. But as years in America pass and their tourist visas expire, they’re repeatedly forced to risk deportation—and face the intolerance of the American citizens around them. Written by Colombian American author Patrica Engel, this novel promises to deliver what American Dirt could not: an authentic vision of what the American Dream looks like in a nationalistic country. 


    The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Release date: March 2

    Long-awaited and already acclaimed, The Committed marks the return of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s nameless protagonist from his award-winning 2016 novel The Sympathizer. In this thriller-cum-cultural critique, the Sympathizer roams Paris as a refugee and drug dealer, embedding himself in the French underworld of the 1980s. This successor is worthy of the praise of the original novel: hilarious and smart while challenging the genre to be far more ambitious. 


    Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Release date: March 2

    Already a titan in the annals of contemporary fiction, Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is returning this year with yet another wildly inventive novel. In Klara and the Sun, we meet the humanoid solar-powered robot Klara, designed to be a child’s friendly companion. Waiting in the windows of a store, she watches the world pass by and soaks in the sun; eventually, she’s bought by teenager Josie, with whom she builds a very real bond threatened by disease. Like all of Ishiguro’s works, this is a deeply moving story that examines our definitions of love and humanity. 


    Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

    In this momentous YA debut, Angeline Boulley pulls from her Ojibwe background to craft her incredible protagonist, 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine. Daunis is desperate to get away from home, but when tragedy changes everything, she finds herself pulled into an FBI investigation of a drug plaguing her community. As she exposes more and more secrets—and more and more injustices—Daunis comes into her own and learns to fight for her people above all else. 


    How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

    Release date: March 9

    Imbolo Mbue’s revelatory novel of a fictional African village ruined by Big Oil is a mighty addition to the stacks. In Kusawa, pipeline spills and toxic water make everyday living impossible and a corrupt government refuses to help. Desperate, the people take their fate into their own hands.


    The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

    Release date: March 9

    Acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson—of Steve Jobs fame—returns with a decidedly different subject: Jennifer Doudna, a leading scientist on the team that created CRISPR, a gene-editing tool rapidly redefining how we understand genetic code. This challenging, fascinating story examines Doudna’s background and excavates the moral quandaries she grapples with as her creation opens up more and more avenues for scientific advancement.


    Three O’Clock In The Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio



    Release date: March 16

    An achingly lovely coming-of-age novel that calls to mind Jess Walters’s Beautiful Ruins, Three O’Clock in the Morning follows a fractured father-and-son pair who reconnect over a 48-hour period on the French coast. Deeply nostalgic and beautifully imagined, this is a warm family novel, a beach read of the best kind. 


    Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

    Release date: March 30

    A stupendous sophomore novel from the author of the acclaimed We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Libertie is, of course, about freedom—in particular, a Black woman’s freedom to choose her own path. In Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps into a medical career, while the Haitian man she chooses to marry wants her to bend to his whims. Struggling to carve out a piece of her life that’s truly her own, Libertie realizes her freedom is not just about herself, but about those who come after her as well. A clear-eyed, masterful story. 


    Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

    Ecco Press


    Release date: April 6

    From the bestselling author of The Nest comes another charming yet deceptively sharp tale of friendship, family, and all the things that get in the way of both. Protagonist Flora Mancini has happy, healthy relationships with both her husband, Julian, and best friend, Margot. Then she discovers Julian’s wedding ring hidden away in an envelope. What does it mean? And how is Margot connected? This is a perfect book for a quick weekend read—warm, funny, yet full of insight. 


    My Broken Language: A Memoir by Quiara Alegría Hudes

    Release date: April 6

    From Quiara Alegría Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and writer of the acclaimed musical In The Heights, My Broken Language is both coming-of-age memoir and ode to a community. Hudes details her childhood in North Philadelphia, where her friends and family wove a tapestry of differing customs, languages and stories. Infatuated with the culture that raised her, Hudes heads to Yale and begins a fight to capture that magic for the broader world to celebrate. 


    Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

    Release date: April 6

    Expansive yet intimate, Of Women and Salt connects three generations of women and the pattern they trace through countries and decades alike. In present-day Miami, addiction-addled Jeanette takes in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Jeanette’s mother, Carmen, struggles to care for Jeanette while processing her detachment from her own mother. And in Cuba, Jeanette’s grandmother holds the key to their family’s secrets. A vast account of family, culture, politics, and the traumas inflicted by all, this gorgeous debut heralds the arrival of a literary star.


    Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins

    Release date: April 6

    The astounding talent behind nonfiction must-reads This Will Be My Undoing and Wandering in Strange Lands turns to fiction with Caul Baby. Jerkins’ engrossing story follows the Melancons, a family whose babies are often born with a caul—a layer of extra skin with secret healing power. Laila wants a caul to end her series of heartbreaking pregnancies, but it’s her niece, Amara, who gives birth to a child with one. An exhilarating tale of family, belonging, and bodies, this promises to be one of the most exciting releases of the year. 


    Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

    Release date: April 6

    With the Gingerbread author’s signature talent for the inventive—and, at times, utterly bizarre—Peaces is an enrapturing tale about a train. Otto and Xavier Shin are in love, and to celebrate their love they hop on a sleeper train to get out of town. But this is no Amtrak—it’s a former tea-smuggling train outfitted with personal touches all to their liking, and they seem to be the only two riders onboard. As the oddities add up, Otto and Xavier begin to understand just how much they have to learn from each other on this trip. 


    The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

    Release date: April 13

    In 2019, professional mountain climber and journalist Mark Synnott made his first trip up Mount Everest during a treacherous year in which 11 climbers died in a single month, twice that died in the entire previous year. Synnott was drawn to Everest by the story of two climbers who set out in 1924 to be the first to summit the mountain. The mystery of their disappearance fueled Synnott as he took on one of the most dangerous climbs.


    The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

    Release date: April 20

    Delicious and deep, this fictional oral history loosely mirrors Daisy Jones and the Six. The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is a classic rock ‘n’ roll legend and rollicking tale of 1970s New York—but with a fascinating twist. As Opal’s fanbase gains momentum in the early ’70s, a rival band waves a Confederate flag at their concert, and Opal chooses to protest. Her decision will have ramifications for the rest of her life and career, information finally unearthed by music journalist S. Sunny Shelton in 2016.


    Second Place by Rachel Cusk

    Release date: May 4

    The celebrated author of the inimitable Outline trilogy returns with another complex, soul-searching tale. Our protagonist invites an artist to her coastal home in the hopes that he might shed light on her convoluted history. But his presence invites additional questions, in particular the delicate dynamics between a woman’s destiny and a man’s privilege. 


    While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

    Release date: May 11

    How Stacey Abrams had the time to write a mystery thriller in the midst of an election run-up like 2020 is confounding—but we’re just lucky to get our hands on it. In While Justice Sleeps, a promising young law clerk suddenly becomes the legal guardian for a Supreme Court justice who’s slipped into a coma. A swing vote on many major cases, the justice’s position is paramount to justice in the Court, and it’s up to Avery Keene to ensure the truth comes out. 


    Don’t Breathe A Word by Jordyn Taylor

    Release date: May 18

    The author of the delectable WWII novel The Paper Girl of Paris turns her attention to the 1960s in Don’t Breathe A Word. In 1962, six students enter a fallout shelter for a series of tests. Only five come out. Decades later, a young girl named Eva attends a fancy prep school in New York City, only to discover the building harbors secrets that might reveal what happened all those years ago.


    Count the Ways

    Release date: May 25

    Joyce Maynard’s 10th novel looks at the turbulent life of a very ordinary New Hampshire family from the ’70s through modern day.  


    Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

    Release date: June 1

    In this beautiful, delicate memoir, writer Ashley C. Ford recounts a childhood defined by her incarcerated father’s absence, her own struggles with her body, and later, an assault by a boyfriend she thought could be her true love. When Ford finally learns why her father is behind bars, her real healing begins, and she starts a journey toward true and powerful selfhood.


    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Release date: June 1

    In her hotly anticipated second novel, the author of Daisy Jones & The Six takes readers to Malibu in 1983 for yet another bewitching story of music legends and their familial fallouts. Singer Mick Riva has four children—Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit—and together they’re hosting the biggest end-of-summer party of the season. By the time the party ends, their house will be in flames. What happened that night, and will the Riva family ever recover? 


    With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

    Release date: June 1

    The beloved author behind Mostly Dead Things returns with a story of a queer family and the picture-perfect life they can’t quite create. Raising their son Samson in the warmth of Florida, Sammie and Monika want to be the ideal lesbian couple. But Samson is distant, maybe even dangerous, and as he grows older he becomes downright hostile. As their relationships fall apart, Sammie must untangle how her family became this mess—and whether there’s any way to fix it. 


    One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

    Release date: June 1

    No year is complete without a few show-stopping romance stories, and Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop promises to be one of the most memorable. Following the success of her debut, Red, White & Royal Blue, McQuiston weaves yet another dreamy meet-cute: Cynical August encountering the enchanting Jane on the New York City subway. But there’s a twist: Jane is a literal product of the 1970s, somehow transported into the present day. This delightful love story is everything you need for a feel-good day of beach reading. 


    The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

    Harper Perennial


    Release date: June 1

    A bittersweet tale of love and legacy, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot is about two lifetimes at their end—one at just 17, the other at 83. Both Lenni and Margot are dying in the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital, but they’re determined to leave their mark on the world before they go. They set out to create one hundred paintings representing the years they’ve lived, setting the scene for a gorgeous, heartbreaking story readers won’t soon forget. 


    Filthy Animals: Stories by Brandon Taylor

    Release date: June 22

    The extraordinary talent behind the Booker Prize finalist Real Life, Brandon Taylor is back with a collection of stories about the American Midwest and the fragile, tender lives that sustain it. With a stark and unwavering eye and a deep respect for his subjects, Taylor builds instantly recognizable tales of longing and desire. 


    God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney

    Release date: June 22

    Defector Media co-founder and writer Kelsey McKinney pulls from her own childhood in North Texas for this tender, aching debut novel, set in an evangelical megachurch where faith and betrayal are intertwined. Pastor Luke Nolan is the picture of purity—until his congregation learns he’s having an affair. 


    Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So

    Release date: Aug. 3

    An electric debut from new literary talent Anthony Veasna So, Afterparties zooms in on the complexities of growing up as the children of Cambodian refugees in California. With a surprising blend of biting wit and raw emotion, So stitches together tales of immigration, identity, queerness, and violence in a collection as bright and breathtaking as its cover.  


    The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

    Release date: Aug. 17

    A fiercely anticipated third release from the adored author of romances The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test, The Heart Principle features a fan-favorite character from Helen Hoang’s debut novel: Quan. Michael’s cousin gets his own love story in this touching follow-up, meeting his match at a kendo tournament. Not much more information is available about the plot, but if Hoang’s previous successes prove anything, The Heart Principle will be a joy. 


    Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

    Release date: Sept. 14

    A new Colson Whitehead novel is always a reason to rejoice. Following back-to-book Pulitzer winners The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, Whitehead takes us to 1960s Harlem for an alluring tale of cons, heists, and big money in a neighborhood where cash always seems to slip through Ray Carney’s fingers. Determined to bend himself straight, he instead finds himself falling in with other crooks. The result is a rollicking adventure and touching family saga in one.


    Matrix by Lauren Groff

    Release date: September

    Two-time National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff recently announced she’s got another novel headed our way, and though there’s not much we know about it yet, we do know this: It’s about nuns—in particular one who joins an impoverished abbey and commits herself to leading its tenants toward a new world and new vision. Keep an eye out for a cover release in the coming months—this one promises to thrill.


    Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

    Release date: September

    Celebrated Irish novelist Sally Rooney’s long-awaited follow-up to her bestselling phenomenon Normal People is finally on its way. In Beautiful World, Where Are You, we return to Rooney’s holy ground: Following four young people navigating personal and political turmoil in Ireland.

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    Kim Cattrall Won’t Be Involved In ‘Sex and the City’ Revival: A Timeline of Her Feud With Sarah Jessica Parker



    Kim Cattrall Won't Be Involved In 'Sex and the City' Revival: A Timeline of Her Feud With Sarah Jessica Parker

    February 2018

    When Cattrall’s 55-year-old brother was found dead in Canada, Parker wrote condolences on Cattrall’s Instagram. According to US Weekly, she said, “Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx.”

    When asked about her decision to comment, despite the feud, Parker told Entertainment Tonight, “If somebody in your life, whether you’re in touch with them or not, [is] suffering for any reason, it’s involuntary that you want to convey condolences or sadness or just let someone know you’re thinking about them.”

    A source close to Parker also told PEOPLE that when Cattrall’s brother was announced missing, Parker privately called and texted Cattrall.

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    At Home, on Zoom, With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Her Family



    the harris emhoff family zoom

    After one of the saddest days in U.S. history earlier this week, the Harris-Emhoff family is here to bless our timelines with five minutes of pure joy. Like many families across the U.S. during the pandemic, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff have been gathering on Zoom with far-flung family members most Sundays. The chats bring together grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, children, and siblings from across the country and around the world, including Canada, India, and Italy. (The VP-elect’s team wouldn’t give us a full list of who’s who and their exact locations due to security concerns.)

    In this oh so relatable video, filmed on January 3, we learn the soon to be Second Family is…just like us! They pass out early on New Year’s Eve, wear the same sweatshirt over and over (thanks for affirming my hygiene choices, Doug!), and have mixed feelings about eating the same leftovers for days on end. We also learn how the VP-elect rang in the New Year. Doug cooked “the best steaks in the world,” on December 31, while Kamala cooked a feast of black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread, and fried catfish on New Year’s Day. (Ella, I see you drooling over the menu and…same.)

    Members of the Harris-Emhoff family gathered on Zoom on Sunday, January 3, to mark the New Year.

    Biden-Harris Transition

    As hard as the last year has been, one silver lining for many—including the Harris-Emhoffs—has been realizing that in a remote world, our relationships with family and friends are no longer dictated by geography. “We are so blessed as a family to have each other, and all the zooms—Doug and I talk about it all the time—all the Zooms that we’ve been doing every Sunday some combination of all the family,” Kamala says.

    “There’s no way we could have gotten through this crazy year without you and doing these Zooms,” Doug adds. “We have said to each other, like everyone, we’re sad we can’t be with everyone in person, but then we say, but we’re so much closer with our entire family because of these Zooms.”

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